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DU women post five wins at Wooster meet

Ajai Brooks | Photo by Brett Dunbar
Ajai Brooks | Photo by Brett Dunbar

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Big Red women's track and field team collected five event titles and re-set two school records en route to a second-place finish at the Fighting Scots Invitational hosted by the College of Wooster on Saturday.

Sophomore sprinter Ajai Brooks led the way with two of DU's victories. Brooks won the 60-meter event with a time of 7.96, while also posting a winning time of 26.26 in the 200. Juniors Hannah Hall and Arlesha Cospy and sophomore Anna Fash had the other three titles. Hall re-set her own school record in the high jump with a winning mark of 5'5.75", which bested her previous personal record by three quarters of an inch. Cospy won the shot put with a heave of 40'7.75". The junior thrower also broke her own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 50'0.75" which resulted in a third-place finish.

Fash led a quarter of Big Red runners in the 5,000 meter run. The sophomore distance runner won the race after crossing the finish line in 19:10.96. Freshman Erin O'Connor, senior Claire Barcelo and sophomore Caroline Goldberg occupied spots 3-5 in the final results. O'Connor turned in a time of 20:15.09, while Barcelo clocked in at 20:36.83 and Goldberg checked in at 22:45.25.

Freshman Bryn Tomczak and junior Jessica Nix placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Tomczak finished with a time of 10.15, while Nix followed in 10.32. Nix also placed fifth in the high jump after successfully clearing 4'9.50". Senior Anne Lee posted two top-4 finishes in the triple and long jump events. Lee took third in the triple jump with a combined leap of 32'11.25". She was also fourth in the long jump with a final mark of 15'9.50".

Junior Emily Grabauskas and freshman Sydney Lerda both scored in the 800-meter run. Grabauskas finished fourth with a time of 2:29.97, while Lerda was sixth after crossing the line in 2:31.32. Sophomore Mackenzie Mason took fifth in the pole vault after clearing 8'6.25".

Denison also posted two top-three performances in the relay events. Shelby Jude, Lerda, Sara Lichtenberg and Grabauskas combined for a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:29.36. The combination of Bren'et Muldrow, Brooks, Amy Kirk and Mason took third in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:50.24.

Oberlin won the team title with 147 points followed by the Big Red's 111 points. Wittenberg was third with 90 tallies, while the host Scots (90) and Kenyon (56) rounded out the team standings.

Denison will be back in action next Saturday when they host the Bob Shannon Invitational and the first day of the All-Ohio Combined events at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville. The Bob Shannon Invite is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.